Gov. Walker lets Juneau road money stand, but maintains no-build policy

first_imgJuneau | Southeast | State Government | TransportationGov. Walker lets Juneau road money stand, but maintains no-build policyJune 14, 2018 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:A shot-up sign marks the end of the Glacier Highway in Juneau. Gov. Walker decided in 2016 against building an extension, but let lawmakers’ reappropriation of $21 million for a possible extension stand. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Gov. Bill Walker committed $21 million to the Juneau Access Project with his signature Wednesday on the state’s capital budget.Back in 2016, the governor decided against building the ever-controversial road megaproject citing the state’s fiscal crisis. Why was the road money spared the veto?Business interests, environmentalists, politicians and neighbors in Juneau, Haines and Skagway have gone round and round for years on whether to build the road.“We’re delighted that the money was left in the budget, it’s back where it belongs and it gives us an opportunity to continue working on an important project for Juneau,” said Denny DeWitt, head of the pro-road First Things First Alaska Foundation.“We were disappointed in Gov. Walker’s decision not to veto this dead end project, given his opposition to wasteful megaprojects,” said Buck Lindekugel, attorney with the environmental group Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. “But we urge him to continue to press his DOT commissioner to issue a decision selecting the no-build alternative this summer and address our other pressing transportation needs expeditiously.”They’re referring to money lawmakers cobbled together for the road late in this year’s legislative session, which came from past, unspent transportation earmarks for upper Lynn Canal.It’s a small victory for road supporters. Major hurdles to get to construction are still there.Like securing huge federal grants, which largely hinges on reversing Walker’s 2016 decision not to build the road.The governor’s spokesman Austin Baird said Walker’s policy on the road isn’t shifting. He said the governor didn’t veto the road money because it didn’t draw from new general fund money.Previously, state plans called for extending Glacier Highway in Juneau about 48 miles north to the Katzehin River.A new ferry terminal would be built there for a short trip to the road system via Haines or Skagway. State estimates from 2014 put the initial construction cost at $574 million.Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation’s final environmental review document on the project is expected this summer. Presumably, it will confirm the governor’s no-build decision.Share this story:last_img read more

Rounding Up the Best New TV Shows

first_imgTVRounding Up the Best New TV ShowsCerebral thrillers, gender transition, and a pregnant virgin. TV had a strong year in 2014, and we’ve found you the ten best new offeringsBy Jennifer Tehrani – December 26, 2014478ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItTV has been at its best in recent years and 2014 was no exception. Returning favorites like The Good Wife, The Americans, and House of Cards kept us satisfied, but it’s the new shows that made an impression. We saw crime thrillers, a gender transition and a pregnant virgin—all unique stories, from new voices, and perspectives.1. Silicon Valley (HBO)A comedy that’s genuinely funny, how refreshing. The San Francisco town where nerds go to make a buck (or a billion) has been the setting of TV shows before. But while Bravo’s Start-Ups: Silicon Valley was unintentionally funny, the HBO satire hilariously captures the tech subculture. Silicon Valley’s subjects are just how you’d picture them: the startup geeks are socially awkward, the hotshot CEOs are outrageous and narcissistic. Many of their embarrassing antics are almost painful to watch, but subtle humor keeps the watching fun.2. Jane The Virgin (CW)A show about a pregnant virgin? Sounds more like a Sunday school program than Golden Globe-nominated TV. But don’t judge a show by its name, it’s the most charming dramedy on air. Based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, the CW adaptation suits American audiences but stays true to the novela format. There’s fights, love triangles, passion and crime, but the heightened drama is rooted in realism thanks to the show’s perfectly cast stars. Especially the insanely likeable (and nominated) Gina Rodriguez (Jane), who carries the show with oozing charisma.3. Transparent (Amazon)Congrats are in order, Amazon—you’ve made your mark on the quality content game. The praise about this show is unavoidable. By now you’ve heard that Transparent is about the patriarch (Jeffrey Tambor) of a tight-knit L.A. family coming out as transgender. But summing up the show’s premise into one sentence fails to show how layered and nuanced it truly is. It’s not just a show about coming out, it’s a character study, a show about complex individuals finding themselves and making sense of their lives. Golden Globe frontrunner Tambor and the rest of the cast give real and heartfelt performances that will stay with us until we feast our eyes on season 2.4. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)Jessica Chastain said it best: Viola Davis is one of the greatest actresses alive. She’s magic in every part she plays, and her latest stint as razor-sharp attorney Annalise Keating is no different. Her performance aside, the Shonda Rhimes-produced show is a nail-biter that keeps us at the edge of our seats week to week. Sometimes the plot twists can be seen from a mile away (this is network TV), but the shocking final moment of the mid-season finale left us reeling.5. The Affair (Showtime)It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess what this show’s about. Yup, two married people have an extramarital affair. It’s arguably the most overdone plot point known to man, but The Affair succeeds in making forbidden love fresh and captivating. The story is cleverly told from four perspectives, those of the cheaters and their spouses. We see versions of the same scenes and circumstances, and, of course, each character sees things differently. Recognizing the distinctness of each point of view takes us inside the characters’ minds and serves as a great storytelling tool.6. The Knick (Cinemax)A year after debuting Behind the Candelabra on HBO, Steven Soderbergh continues his TV conquest with this innovative medical drama. Set against the backdrop of 1900 New York City, the look of The Knick is gorgeous; the turn of the century is expertly captured with a muted color palette and intricate sets and costumes. The sound of The Knick is pretty memorable too. Its surprisingly modern score is hypnotic, using electronic beats that complement the show’s eerie intensity. The drama also features standout performances, particularly from Clive Owen who is at his best as a drug-addicted surgeon.7. True Detective (HBO)There was no stopping Breaking Bad from sweeping this past Emmys, but it’s safe to assume True Detective came dangerously close. The anthology crime series has been praised for many triumphs: palpable chemistry between stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, an epic 6-minute tracking shot in episode 4, and possibly the best opening credits since Mad Men (sorry, Game of Thrones). All eight episodes were consistently ambitious, and the writing was philosophical and sharp (good enough to be accused of plagiarism). Some have called the finale a disappointment, but the watch is definitely worth the ride.8. Happy Valley (Netflix)One of the perks of Internet TV is binge-watching shows from across the pond. Thanks to Netflix, Americans have devoured Broadchurch, The Fall and now Happy Valley. Disregard the name—happy, this show is not. More suitable adjectives are suspenseful, thrilling and raw. It’s not exactly hard to find a great crime drama (i.e. number 7), but Happy Valley differs from most of the pack. Watching the show isn’t a whodunit guessing game, we know who the criminal is from the start. Instead, viewers can stay in the moment, fully appreciating the smart writing and outstanding performance from star Sarah Lancashire.9. Broad City (Comedy Central)It’s a show about girlfriends navigating through life in New York City, but forget about the inevitable Girls and Sex and the City comparisons. Broad City is a very, very different show. Like its predecessors, the Comedy Central series does have its hilarious moments. But what makes Broad City unique is that it’s much more realistic—and by that we mean depressing. Sure, Carrie couldn’t get Big to commit and the Girls don’t really have anything figured out, but Broad City’s broads could star in a PSA called “How Not to Live Your Life.” The Amy Poehler-produced show will take the glamour out of your New York fantasy, but the laughs will make up for it.10. Fargo (FX)Adapting a Coen Brothers cult classic for TV was a risky move, one that undoubtedly paid off. Perhaps critics and fans have been so welcoming to FX’s Fargo because it’s not an imitation. It’s an homage with parallels to the film but a new story and cast of characters. The 1996 film’s signature dark humor finds its way onto the small screen, while its violence and mystery aren’t lost either. Plus it’s laced with loads of Coen references, so superfans shouldn’t blink when watching the 10-part miniseries. TAGSHappy ValleyHow To Get Away With MurderJane the VirginFargoBroad CityThe KnickTransparentTrue DetectiveSilicon ValleyThe AffairPrevious articleEscargot Time: Order as You Please at Republique on New Year’s EveNext articleGrape Expectations at Wally’s VinotecaJennifer Tehrani RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORWhy We Can’t Wait to See Gina Rodriguez in AnnihilationScene It Before: The How to Get Away with Murder CastleFargo’s Second Season Embodies an American Madnesslast_img read more

The Lanesborough to reopen in July after 18 month revamp under new owners Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

first_imgTuesday 23 June 2015 8:56 pm Show Comments ▼ Express KCS whatsapp The Lanesborough to reopen in July after 18 month revamp under new owners Abu Dhabi Investment Authority More From Our Partners White House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes London’s luxury hotel The Lanesborough is set to reopen its doors next month for the first time in 18 months after its Abu Dhabi owners splashed out on a multi-million pound makeover. The historic hotel – which overlooks Hyde Park corner and Buckingham Palace gardens – accommodated politicians, royalty and even disgraced financier Bernie Madoff before closing for refurbishment in December 2013.It will reopen for bookings on 15 July, with prices ranging from £714 a night to an eye-watering £26,000 for one night in the hotel’s palatial Royal Suite, topping the rankings of London’s most expensive suites. The 4,800 square feet suite on The Lanesborough’s second floor boasts seven bedrooms and two living rooms with guests given free access to one of the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom. The design studio of the late Alberto Pinto, whose works included London’s Dorchester hotel, has refurbished the hotel’s 93 guest rooms as well as its lobbies and Michelin-starred restaurant.A spokesperson declined to comment on the cost of the revamp but said “no expense has been spared” to refurbish the hotel in keeping its Regency style.Built in 1827, The Lanesborough was home to St George’s hospital before being converted into a hotel in 1991. It is owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), and will be managed by the Oetker Collection, which won the contract last year. Oetker chief executive Frank Marrenbach said: “With its strategic location in the heart of London, The Lanesborough …is a prestigious addition to our portfolio, a major step for our development, and a natural complement to Le Bristol Paris, its sister hotel.” Share whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Cape Coral officials to distribute COVID-19 relief money to residents

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments FORT MYERS, Fla.– Cape Coral housing officials are preparing to distribute more Coronavirus relief funding.City officials have $808,605 to distribute among Cape Coral residents who have suffered financially from COVID19. This money can be used for utilities, food, rent or mortgage, transportation and childcare. The city previously distributed $633,991 with the help from Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. That money was mainly used for rent or mortgage assistance. For the second round of funding, the city hired an employee to handle applications.  Cape Coral applies for FWC grant to improve Yacht Club Park’s marina June 16, 2021 Cape Coral break in foiled by barking dog June 17, 2021center_img WATCH: Porch pirate targets newly moved in Cape Coral residents June 16, 2021 Cape Coral man tries to figure out meaning of his 25-year-old tattoos June 16, 2021 AdvertisementCity Officials aim to have applications online by March 1, 2021. You must be a Cape Coral resident and directly impacted by COVID-19 financially to apply. AdvertisementTags: Cape CoralCovid-19 Advertisementlast_img read more

Dead slow progress on Laois cemetery works of grave concern

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Previous articleCastletown Community Sports Field set to host fundraising auctionNext articleLISTEN: A new host, a brand new guest and a huge weekend of football – it’s all in the latest LaoisToday Podcast John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. GAA Pinterest GAA The elected representatives in turn are getting it in the neck from members of the public and local cemetery committees who were all of the understanding that the schedule of works would be carried out well before now.Director of Services, Mr Donal Brennan assured councillors at the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Area Municipal meeting this week that the works have now been finally sent out for tender. It had initially been envisaged that they would be carried out directly in-house, but this has not transpired.Cllr Paddy Bracken noted that he had been highlighting the issue at virtually every meeting for months now and yet there was no progress on the cutting of trees as had been repeatedly promised.Director Donal Brennan said he would have a report back for their next meeting in October as he hadn’t the up to date information with him at this time.“It’s very disappointing that there has been no progress whatsoever, all year it’s going on. We approved the works, we provided the funding, it’s just not acceptable, I’m very annoyed,” declared Cllr Bracken.Cllr Ollie Clooney was in agreement. He wondered when the new entrance to the cemetery in Durrow would be provided. The existing entrance was a very long distance for which to carry a heavy coffin he said.“There has been no work done at all,” observed Cllr James Kelly, “it’s been dragging on for 9 months and he too noted the need for works in Durrow and Camross cemeteries.The senior official in charge of the matter, Mr Brennan told the meeting that they had lost some staff members, there had been staff changes but the works had now gone out to tender, he assured them.But Cllr Paddy Bracken’s patience was clearly wearing thin.“It’s going on, and on and on. Now there is only 3 months left in the year and we’re heading in to the bad weather, when it should have been done months ago. Get it done, it’s as simple as that, we allocated the money and people were certain it would be all done long ago.”When the issue was raised earlier in the year the councillors were advised that there are 27 local authority cemeteries in Laois. Funding has been provided for works to be carried out this year in Ballyfin, Camross and Mountmelllick cemeteries and Clonaslee cemetery has also been identified as requiring urgent works.SEE ALSO – Two Laois hurlers receive All Star nominations WhatsApp WhatsApp By John Whelan – 26th September 2019 TAGSBorris-Mountmellick Municipal DistrictCemeteriesCllr Paddy Bracken RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA center_img The painfully slow progress on long promised works on cemeteries across Laois continues to cause concern.The frustration of councillors over the issue started to bubble over into outright annoyance this week. For them, these undue delays were an embarrassment and a grave situation.To say that the repair, improvements and upgrades pending at the county’s cemeteries is dead slow is an understatement. The councillors are especially irked that even though they approved, prioritised and provided funding for the works over 9 months ago, to date no works have been carried out. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook Facebook Twitter Dead slow progress on Laois cemetery works of grave concern Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Home News Council Dead slow progress on Laois cemetery works of grave concern NewsCouncillast_img read more

“The Poor Government Working to Please North Korea”

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarNamgung Min News SHARE News [imText1]On the 14th, former President Kim Young Sam commented, “The poor government working to please North Korea.”At the “Tongseop politico-economic forum” former President Kim Young Sam said in his speech regarding the South-North bilateral talks and 4 countries’ summit talks, “The influence of talking has now passed and the possibility rather low. There is no more to say on this.”Former President Kim expressed, “The embarrassing thing is that people are going to all these efforts to take photos with not even Kim Jong Il, but his second in charge (Kim Young Nam, chairperson of the Supreme People’s Assembly). I do not understand how South Korean politicians have become like this.”Regarding the case surrounding the Grand National Party, he said, “I believe that all things will be resolved in the end” and urged, “Some people fear that the party will split, but that doesn’t happen easily.” He added, “Every time there is an election in our country, there is a lot of talk and commotion. Never has there been a quiet election” and said, “Creating a fuss and then solving the issues may actually gather greater support from the people.”Former President Kim’s words come at a time where there are rumors suggesting that the polls are leaning towards former Seoul city mayor Lee Myung Bak. Former President Kim suggests that having mayhem prior to an election may in the end serve as an advantage. “The Poor Government Working to Please North Korea” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img News Facebook Twitter News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Namgung Min – 2007.05.15 11:26am last_img read more

Quebec man fined $500,000 for illegal distributions

They were facing 96 counts primarily for illegal activities as a securities dealer and the illegal distribution of securities. The regulator alleges that St-Laurent found victims through an online dating site where he organized dinners for singles. Then, at these dinners, he talked up various investment projects he was involved in. As a result, it says that, from April 2000 to January 2008, around 15 people invested over $150,000 in shares of his companies; ultimately losing a total of $130,600. Compensation funds available for Phoenix group victims Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) has announced $500,000 in fines for a man, and several companies, accused of illegal securities dealing. The AMF reports that Justice Denis Mondor of the Court of Québec confirmed a settlement agreement, and fined Denis St-Laurent, and three companies, Vision Denstar inc., DSTL Capital Inc. and 9141-7196 Québec Inc., a total of $504,000. Former Alberta planner fined, banned for illegal distribution scheme BCSC sanctions founders, companies in failed insurance venture James Langton Keywords Illegal distributionsCompanies Autorité des marchés financiers Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Pickersgill Signs Contract for Dualisation of Roadway from Sangster Airport to Rose Hall

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport and Works, Robert Pickersgill, on Saturday (March 11) signed a contract valued at approximately US$50 million, for the dualisation of the roadway from the Sangster International Airport to the Wyndham Rose Hall Hotel in St. James.Immediately following the contract signing, he broke ground to mark the official start of the work, which will be carried out under segment 2 of the North Coast Highway Improvement Project (NCHIP), which runs from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios.In his address at the contract signing ceremony held at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Minister Pickersgill explained that at the request of tourism interests in Montego Bay, it was decided to revise the scope of work under segment 2 (1) of the NCHIP, which covers 27 kilometers from Montego Bay to Greenside in Trelawny, to now include the dualization of the corridor from the airport to Rose Hall.He explained that this part of the project, to be called segment 2A, was being financed by a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The works will be undertaken over 18 months by E. Pihl and Sons A.S of Denmark.Minister Pickersgill sought to allay fears about the management of traffic during the construction stage, especially during the period of World Cup Cricket in 2007.“The contract starts in March 2006 and is scheduled to end in September 2007, a period of 18 months. Two lanes of carriageway along the corridor as well as 50 per cent of the four-lane portion (the dualized portion) of the road is scheduled for completion in March 2007, before the start of World Cup Cricket,” he informed, adding that the rest of the work would be completed by September.He urged the contractors to be particularly sensitive in managing traffic during the construction period.President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Horace Peterkin, and first Vice President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, Mark Hart, who represented private sector interests at the signing ceremony, both lauded the government for agreeing to undertake the project.Mr. Peterkin pointed out that about 70 per cent of hotels and tourist attractions in western Jamaica were located along the corridor from the airport to Rose Hall, which made the road project very significant.“It’s going to do a number of things. It’s going to enhance the product in different ways, improve the comfort of our visitors, the time of travel from the airport to the hotels, and will substantially improve the image of the destination”, Mr. Peterkin stated.Mr. Hart, in his remarks, said that the project would transform a very important corridor to the economy of the west. Pickersgill Signs Contract for Dualisation of Roadway from Sangster Airport to Rose Hall UncategorizedMarch 12, 2006 RelatedPickersgill Signs Contract for Dualisation of Roadway from Sangster Airport to Rose Hallcenter_img RelatedPickersgill Signs Contract for Dualisation of Roadway from Sangster Airport to Rose Hall RelatedPickersgill Signs Contract for Dualisation of Roadway from Sangster Airport to Rose Halllast_img read more

Public Awareness Programme Launched to Reduce Child Abuse

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Office of the Children’s Advocate has embarked on a new public awareness programme with the aim of significantly reducing the level of child abuse. Appealing to parents and guardians in particular to be responsible and careful in protecting their children, the programme comprises a series of public service announcements (PSA) on local radio and television.Children’s Advocate, Mary Clarke, told JIS News that the campaign is intended to sensitize the Jamaican people about the rights of children, while at the same time encouraging adults to make a difference. “Report cases of child abuse and incidences in which the rights of children are being infringed upon,” the Children’s Advocate implored.Through the PSAs, which are voiced by media personalities, Jamaicans are reminded that under the Child Care and Protection Act, children have the right to protection from all types of violence and sexual abuse, neglect, trafficking and child labour. “We must ensure the growth and development of our children. Protect their rights, ensure their survival,” Mrs. Clarke said.A PSA began airing on TVJ and CVM television in the second week of April, which depicts a child being abused by his mother in a supermarket. It shows the reactions of parents and children to abuse in a home setting, and the effect of this abuse on children at a school.In another PSA, which hit the airwaves in March, parents and guardians are urged to spend quality time with their children by talking with them and listening to their concerns because “if you don’t talk with them.someone else will.” RelatedPublic Awareness Programme Launched to Reduce Child Abuse RelatedPublic Awareness Programme Launched to Reduce Child Abusecenter_img RelatedPublic Awareness Programme Launched to Reduce Child Abuse Public Awareness Programme Launched to Reduce Child Abuse UncategorizedApril 13, 2008last_img read more

Jamaica Ahead Of Region In Renewable Energy

first_imgStory HighlightsState Minister for Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick, has said that Jamaica is advanced in the development of renewable energy, surpassing a number of Caribbean countries.”We are very much ahead of the other islands,” he noted for example, that Trinidad and Tobago was just looking to develop a centre of excellence for renewable energy, while Jamaica already had such a facility.”We have a very intensive programme going to develop renewable energy, not just solar…we have the wind farm, we have hydro,” Mr. Broderick said during a solar energy/Light Emitting Diode (LED) forum and demonstration, held on Thursday (June 17) at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) auditorium in Kingston. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica Ahead Of Region In Renewable Energy EnergyJune 19, 2010 RelatedJamaica Ahead Of Region In Renewable Energy Advertisementscenter_img State Minister for Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick, has said that Jamaica is advanced in the development of renewable energy, surpassing a number of Caribbean countries.“We are very much ahead of the other islands,” he noted for example, that Trinidad and Tobago was just looking to develop a centre of excellence for renewable energy, while Jamaica already had such a facility.“We have a very intensive programme going to develop renewable energy, not just solar…we have the wind farm, we have hydro,” Mr. Broderick said during a solar energy/Light Emitting Diode (LED) forum and demonstration, held on Thursday (June 17) at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) auditorium in Kingston.Renewable energy is power that comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished.The Ministry and the PCJ have a national target to increase Jamaica’s renewable energy use to 12.5 per cent by 2015, then up to 15 per cent by 2020, and 20 per cent by 2030. At present, the renewable energy supply level is five per cent.According to Principal Director for the Policy Planning and Development Division of the Ministry, Mr. Oral Rainford, the forum was part of the Ministry’s efforts to promote the National Energy Policy of 2009, to make persons more aware of the availability of renewable energy technologies, and showcase ways in which these technologies can assist in lowering energy use and cost.“In respect to the introduction of LED technology…to the public, we were also looking at energy efficiency and energy conservation, which is a major problem in this country,” he told JIS News.Mr. Rainford pointed out that LEDs could assist in reducing lighting load of one’s energy bill by more than 50 per cent “and if you can reduce a significant part of your energy bill by 50 per cent, it means you are saving money.”United States-based lighting and solar technology company GreenRg Management LLC, with assistance from local company Wiltech Energy Inc, demonstrated its products, which included LED indoor and outdoor fixtures, lighting controls, light bulbs with adjustable colour and wattage, and intelligent communication. RelatedJamaica Ahead Of Region In Renewable Energy RelatedJamaica Ahead Of Region In Renewable Energylast_img read more